The Toronto Star reported Sunday the huge squash grown by Joel Jarvis of St. Thomas, Ontario, surpassed the previous record of 1,234 pounds. Jarvis, who broke the record Oct. 1 at the Port Elgin Pumpkinfest, said his achievement was "a long time coming."
"I'm 38 and I have been doing this since I was 11," he said. "Sometimes the wind blows the right way and the sun shines right."
Jarvis, who also grew a prize-winning, 1,426-pound pumpkin this year, estimates he will take in up to $10,000 in various prizes for his horticulture efforts.